With Barack Obama’s running mate announcement only hours away at this point, the Associated Press has this interesting report:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential candidate Barack Obama is hours away from naming his running mate, as little-known Texas congressman Chet Edwards is emerging as a finalist.
Democratic officials say that Edwards was one of the few Democrats whose background was checked by Obama’s campaign, and he was a finalist for the job.
Edwards is among a small circle of people mentioned, including Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware and Evan Bayh of Indiana.
Obama was expected to text message his choice later on Friday or Saturday.
Interestingly enough, Edwards’ name came up two months ago as well:
A video that appeared on the Web this morning has a brief interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about who would be a good vice presidential candidate.
“Anyone that Barack Obama wants is my choice for vice president,” Pelosi told the interviewer, who appeared to be from Newsweek. “But I do think in the list of considerations there should be somebody from the House of Representatives and Chet Edwards is a person that many of us think would be a good person to be in the mix.”
So did Obama take Pelosi’s words to heart, or is this just last minute buzz ?
It’s hard to tell, but if it is Edwards, the pick would be somewhat historic:
House candidates are notoriously ignored for the running mate slot. After all, Gerald Ford was the last sitting House member to graduate to the vice presidency. And the last congressman to be directly elected to that job was House Speaker John Nance Garner, D-Texas, under President Franklin Roosevelt.
I guess we’ll find out.